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2018 PITCH PROCESS IS NOW OPEN

We are now accepting applications for shows for the 2018 Sedos Season, so get peparing your application now!

If you are a director, producer, choreographer, musical director - or just have a great idea for a show that you want to suggest to us - please get your thinking caps on! Even if you are not attached to a specific pitch, then it's a great time to let us know that you would like to be involved in a creative team!

The closing date for submissions is Tuesday 1 August. The application form and guidance notes can be found here:

2018 PITCH PROCESS GUIDANCE NOTES

2018 PITCH APPLICATION FORM

If you have any questions, please email pitches@sedos.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!

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THE RESULTS ARE IN

Historic day as new operating structure, Trustees and Management Committee officially announced.

Thank you to everyone who joined us last night for our very special Election Night EGM / Election Night Drinks evening - what a night! We had a lot of fun welcoming in the new Sedos operating structure and officially announcing the new Sedos Trustees and Management Committee - congratulations! It was a real historic day, and one that we enjoyed celebrating in the bar afterwards with a few drinks, political debates (we couldn't resist!) and Sedos chats. Sadly the musical swing-o-meter didn't materialise....

We would like to thank our outgoing Chair, Dawn Harrison-Wallace, for all her hard work over the past two years, but she's not gone far and has joined the Trustees. We also want to thank the outgoing committee members for their commitment and hard work: Sylvia Finnimore, Michael Smith, Bob Stanex (who's also joined the Trustees) and Vaughan Watts.

The new Sedos Trustees are:

Alex Baker
Tom Brennan
Dawn Harrison-Wallace
Simon Hill
Angus Jacobs
Rebecca Kendal
Helen Lowe
Charlotte Price
Chris de Pury
Bob Stanex
Craig Topp

The new Sedos Management Committee are:

Kim Barker
Stephen Beeny
Becky Chisholm
Lizzie Drapper
Tim Garrad
Matt Gould (Chair)
Andy Hind
Debs Lean
Olly Levett
Steve King
Ryan Macaulay

If you'd like to contact the committee please email committee@sedos.co.uk

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SEDOS WINS TWO NODA LONDON AWARDS

We're delighted to announce that Sedos won two major awards at last Sunday's 2017 NODA London Awards at the Radlett Centre.

The District 1 Flame Award was given to our "excellent" production of Candide, with the judges noting that the show was " both entertaining and a challenge for the performers...and a fine example of the current and growing standard community theatre currently enjoys."

Immersive theatre production Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On won the Innovation Award and the judges acknowledged the production's "outstanding attention to detail whilst creating inspiring and imaginative settings within a challenging alternative venue pushing the boundaries of conventional theatre concepts."

Congratulations to everyone involved; we're very proud of you all.


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SEDOS EGM - THURSDAY 8 JUNE 2017

Following the successful AGM on 25th April and the agreement by the Members to the proposed new operating structure, the Committee would like to invite all Members to an EGM at 7pm on 8th June at the St Brides’ Institute.

Click here for the Agenda for the meeting and details of those standing for election.

We are delighted that a fantastic selection of Members have put themselves forward to be Trustees and Members of the Management Committee under the new structure. Given the numbers standing, we will be proposing that all nominees for Trustees and Management Committee are elected.

Eleven Members have specifically put themselves forward as Trustees. As well as a couple of current Committee Members, a number of former Committee Members have also put themselves forward as well as other Members with a fantastic range of talent and experience.

Click here for the Trustees’ manifestos.

The original plan was to have 8 Trustees (elected and co-opted), but given the qualities of the people who have put themselves forward, and given that we are moving a little bit into an unknown world or a new structure, the proposal is that rather than holding elections, we should increase the number of Trustees to a maximum of 12 (including the Chair of the Management Committee). The Members will be asked to confirm that change at the EGM as well as ratifying the election of all of the individuals set out. Note, as well as electing nine trustees, we will be proposing that Dawn Harrison-Wallace and Bob Stanex, current Committee Members, are co-opted as Trustees to provide continuity between the current Committee and the new Trustees.

Click here for the draft amended constitution.

Eleven Members have put themselves forward to serve on the Management Committee – which is in line with the number set out in the agreed Terms of Reference. As such, we will not need to hold an election but will ask the Members to ratify the appointment of the entire group.

Click here for the manifestos of those members who have put themselves forward to join the Management Committee.

Following formalities which we expect to take less than an hour, we plan to retire to the Harrow to discuss elections generally! Please do join us, even if you are unable to make the EGM itself.

Those standing for election:

Trustees

Alex Baker
Tom Brennan
Dawn Harrison-Wallace
Simon Hill
Angus Jacobs
Rebecca Kendal
Helen Lowe
Charlotte Price
Chris de Pury
Bob Stanex
Craig Topp

Management Committee

Kim Barker
Stephen Beeny
Becky Chisholm
Lizzie Drapper
Tim Garrad
Matt Gould (standing as Chair)
Andy Hind
Debs Lean
Olly Levett
Steve King
Ryan Macaulay

WHAT: Election Night EGM
WHEN: Thu 8 June, 7pm for 7.15pm start (then The Harrow from 8pm)
WHERE: Passmore Edwards Room, St Bride Foundation (then The Harrow)


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Election Night EGM / Election Night Drinks

Join as we announce the new Sedos Trustees and Management Committee, followed by Election Night drinks

Thursday 8 June is all about voting and elections. Yes, it’s the General Election, but it’s also the Seods EGM and we’ll be making history! While the final votes are cast for our next Prime Minister, we’ll be announcing the new members of the Board of Trustees - the first time we have ever had such positions - the Management Committee and also a new Chairperson for the society. Exciting stuff! Who knows, we may even have a musical swing-o-meter…

To mark the event in true style, we’ve decided to follow the EGM - which should only last an hour - by election night drinks at The Harrow. Elections, drinks and Sedos friends – what’s not to like?

WHAT: Election Night EGM
WHEN: Thu 8 June, 7pm for 7.15pm start (then The Harrow from 8pm)
WHERE: Passmore Edwards Room, St Bride Foundation (then The Harrow)

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2017 SEDOS AGM

The 2017 Sedos AGM was held on Tuesday 25 April and we had a great attendance of 23 people. The AGM was an opportunity for the Members present to reflect on 2016 and learn about our future plans.

Sedos performed 10 shows in the year, which was a mammoth undertaking. We took risks in the year – including Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On (awarded the NODA London Innovation Award) – but nevertheless made a profit for the year of £11,000 of which £4,000 came from shows.

Income from shows was just short of £100,000 which was the highest in recent years. We continue to be under-pinned by the effective free use of rehearsal space at Brewer’s Hall Garden, which during the year was extended to 2020.

In addition, we extended our residency at the Bridewell Theatre for a further 5 years.

Click here for the Agenda of the Meeting.

Click here for the Minutes of the Meeting.

Dawn Harrison-Wallace welcomed everyone and gave her Chair’s report for the year which is included in the Minutes.

Matt Gould (in the absence of Steve King, Treasurer) took the Members through the finances. His summary of the finances are included in the Minutes.

Click here for the Society’s 2016 Statement of Profit and Loss, Balance Sheet, Show Sales Statistics and Show’s Profit and Loss for 2016.

Matt also took the Members through the proposed changes to the Society to transform Sedos into a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. He also took the Members through the proposed division of responsibilities between a new Trustees body and Management Committee as well as discussing the Committee’s proposals to organise itself better by having more clearly delineated roles and responsibilities.

Click here for Matt’s presentation on the proposed constitutional changes, new operating structure and details of the proposed new committee responsibilities.

Click here for the proposed constitution of the “new” Charitable Incorporated Organisation.

Click here for the proposed terms of reference of the new Management Committee.

Click here for the current draft of the roles and responsibilities for Management Committee Members.

The Members voted unanimously to approve the proposed changes.

The text of the agreed resolutions to move to the next stage are set out in the Agenda.

WE ARE NOW CALLING FOR TRUSTEES OF THE “NEW” SOCIETY AND MEMBERS OF THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

If you would like to stand for election either as a Trustee or to become a Member of the Management Committee, please email committee@sedos.co.uk by Friday 12 May.

We will announce nominees shortly thereafter and confirm the date of an EGM prior to the end of June to move to the new structure.

Positions

The only position to be specifically elected to is the Chairman of the Management Committee.

The Trustees, once elected, will determine a Chair and a Trustee with Financial Responsibility from amongst their number. The Management Committee will determine the roles for each to fulfil from amongst their number.

If you were unable to attend the AGM and have any questions regarding the new constitutional arrangements and set up or indeed anything else that was discussed at the AGM, please speak to any member of the committee or email committee@sedos.co.uk


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SPICK AND SPAN
1BHG has been transformed into a haven of neatness

A huge thank you to everyone who helped with our spring clean of 1BHG last Sunday, your help was much appreciated.

After five hours of work, we're very pleased to report that our storage and rehearsal rooms are now looking very tidy - the sewing room and shoe department in particular have been transformed into a haven of neatness and we're very pleased with the results. Thank you.

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YOUR SEDOS PALS

There was a double helping of Sedos pals last Friday when eight of the 2002 Accrington Pals cast got together to watch the 2017 Sedos production, 15 years after they performed the show in Stratford, in a double bill with Journey's End. There's nothing quite like your Sedos pals!

Want more of the Sedos archive? Take a look online at www.sedos.co.uk/archive/100years.htm


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ANNOUNCING SIMPROV

Workshop Sat 11 Feb. Weekly improv sessions from Fri 17 Feb

Simprov (Sedos-Improv…. see what we did there?) is a weekly drop-in that will launch in February 2017 and is being run by Chris Warner and Alex Magliaro.

Perfect for the complete beginner as well as the hardened improv veteran, sessions will explore the fundamental principles of improv such as making bold choices, character development and finding your ‘game’.

Improv is a great way to build confidence and develop performance skills in a very fun and safe environment.

In May, we will be performing a two-night competitive improv show at the Bridewell, which will see a number of teams competing against each other by playing different improv games. But get this - the winning team is determined by the audience!

On Saturday 11 February, we’ve decided to have a workshop / teaser session so people can come along, have a go, ask questions and have fun. Join us at the 1 BHG from 3pm-6pm. Then, from 17 February, we’ll then start weekly sessions on a Friday night from 7.30pm.

Who’s interested? Sign up to our Facebook group. Not on Facebook? Drop us an email at sedosimprov@gmail.com.

Workshop: Sat 11 February at 1 BHG, 3pm - 6pm
Weekly sessions: Friday evenings at 1 BHG from 17 February

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2017 SEDOS SEASON

It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2017 Sedos Season.


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2016/2017 SEDOS COMMITTEE ELECTED

The 2016/2017 Sedos Committee: [L to R] Ryan Macaulay, Lizzie Drapper, Michael Smith, Dawn Harrison-Wallace, Bob Stanex, Steve King, Andy Hind, Kimberly Barker, Matt Gould and Stephen Beeny. Absent from the photo are Sylvia Finnimore and Vaughan Watts.

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Sedos AGM on Wednesday 27 April 2016. Following a successful AGM, the 2016/2017 Sedos committee was elected. We would like to thank outgoing committee members Clare Harding, Tracie Laurinaitis and Craig Topp for all their work, and welcome new committee members Ryan and Sylvia to join the rest of the returning members.

The current Sedos committee are:

Dawn Harrison-Wallace (Chairman)
Matt Gould (Secretary)
Steve King (Treasurer)
Kimberly Barker
Stephen Beeny
Lizzie Drapper
Sylvia Finnimore
Andy Hind
Ryan Macaulay
Michael Smith
Bob Stanex
Vaughan Watts

The Sedos committee is currently made up of 12 Sedos members. The committee has the ultimate responsibility for choosing the artistic policy and direction of the society, overseeing the production of all shows, our charitable remit, overseeing venues, rights, sponsorship and fundraising, marketing, PR, socials, membership and more.

To contact the Sedos committee to find out more about joining Sedos, please visit the Contact Us page for more details and we will be happy to get back to you!

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1 BREWERS' HALL GARDEN (FORMERLY KNOWN AS CITY LIBRARY)

If you start to see "1 Brewers' Hall Garden" popping up on Sedos audition notices and the like, don't get confused — it's still the same City Library we know and love. But it's come to our attention that the name City Library is misleading as it's really the 'former' City Library — new auditionees and so on are heading to the current City Business Library!

So we're going to re-name it "1 Brewers' Hall Garden" to avoid confusion. Please help us spread the word!

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NOW YOU CAN JOIN A SEDOS GROUP

The Sedos groups are an integral part of our operating structure and gives members the opportunity to get involved in the society behind the scenes.

While the committee will continue to oversee all the society's activity and take direct responsibility for some areas including finance and season building, the subgroups offer a chance to participate in day-to-day operations in the interests of improving efficiency and quality.

  • Production group - "achieving production excellence".
    This group will oversee the putting on of shows, from maintaining guidelines for production teams to liaising with the Bridewell, and everything in between.

    Co-ordinator: Clare Hardinf (production@sedos.co.uk)

  • Marketing group - "growing our audiences".
    This three-year-old group will continue to advance the society's general marketing and to support show teams to sell tickets.

    Co-ordinators: Stephen Beeny and Pippa Roome (marketing@sedos.co.uk)
  • Membership group - "engaging our membership".
    This group will maintain membership administration, plan activities such as socials and workshops, and build upon member benefits.

    Co-ordinator: Mia Bennett (membership@sedos.co.uk)

  • Sedos ambassadors - "securing our long-term future".
    This group will manage sponsorship and fundraising, create and maintain links with the City and other societies, and work towards Sedos's goals of attaining long-term rehearsal and performance spaces.

    Co-ordinator Dawn Harrison-Wallace (ambassadors@sedos.co.uk)

These groups are ready and eager to welcome your participation, so do email and get involved.

If you are not a member and would like to join, email membership@sedos.co.uk.

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Could Your Company Benefit Sedos?

Did you know that because we are a charity, your employers might be willing to make a donation?

Sedos treasurer Craig Topp recently secured a £500 donation to Sedos through his employers, Lloyds bank.

“There is a a Lloyds Foundation, which is set up for CSR [corporate and social responsibility] purposes — the PLC makes an annual donation to the foundation to support charitable work. The foundation will support any charity you volunteer for to the tune of £5 per hour spent volunteering, up to a maximum of 100 hours per year,” explains Craig.

Sedos will reward you with four free tickets to bring your colleagues along to a 2013 show of your choice if you secure a donation from your company

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Sedos Are Resident At The Bridewell Theatre

The society has kicked off the new year in style with the announcement of a new partnership with the Bridewell Theatre.

Sedos members at the annual Christmas party were the first to hear the exciting news that the society has entered into an agreement with St Bride’s Foundation, owner of the Bridewell Theatre.

Chairman Chris de Pury outlined the terms of the partnership, which will benefit both sides and help secure Sedos’s place as the City’s premier amateur theatre company.

In summary, under the terms of the partnership Sedos has made a donation to the Bridewell of around £90,000, which will be used to upgrade and generally improve the theatre. On the Sedos side we will become the resident theatre company of the Bridewell Theatre and have committed ourselves to the theatre until at least the end of 2016, with the reciprocal part of the deal being use of the theatre rent-free for a significantly increased number of weeks (see below).

Not only will this arrangement lead to a better theatre for Sedos productions and others at the Bridewell, there are also great benefits for the society in terms of reciprocal advertising, the status of being the resident theatre company at a top off-West End venue and having “officially” a home from which to launch other exciting theatrical initiatives.

Sedos has long regarded the Bridewell — the 130-seat theatre just off Fleet Street where the majority of our season takes place — as its performance home and this arrangement formalises that.

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Venues Map

Not sure exactly where our rehearsals and events take place? Then check out our new Venues Map, which has a list of places of interest for members and friends of Sedos. The list includes theatres, rehearsal rooms, drinking establishments and details of our new home, Ocean House.

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